Shell’s World-First Floating LNG Plant Coming Together in Leaps and Bounds
By Vicky Validakis
Shell’s $12 billion Prelude floating LNG structure, being built at Samsung’s Geoje Island shipyard in South Korea, has recorded another milestone with the vessel’s hull completed.
Once constructed, Prelude will be the largest floating structure ever built and will be permanently moored about 200km from the West Australian coast during its 25 years of production.
The structure will fill ocean carriers with gas ready for export from the sea, eliminating the need for gas pipelines and onshore processing facilities.
Prelude is expected to produce 3.6 million tonnes per annum of LNG, as well as volumes of condensate and liquefied petroleum gas.
Construction of the vessel will require around 26,000 tonnes of steel, 2000 km of pipework and 220,000 km of cabling.
Shell has said there would about 350 people working on Prelude by 2017 and 650 indirect jobs, with the project set to inject $45 billion to the Australian economy over its lifetime.
Australian Chris Moreno, commissioning and start up superintendent for Prelude, will be in charge of bringing first gas aboard the structure, in a world-first which is expected to take place in 2016.
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